Thu, Jul 18
9:30am - 11:00am
53 classes have spots left
Join Jeff Epping in an exploration of some of the finest public gardens in the United States, from the High Line and Battery Park in New York City to the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Gorgeous gardens in the Netherlands, France, and England are also on the docket. Epping will illustrate how innovative designers and gardeners have showcased great...
Thursday Jul 18th, 9:30am - 11am
Do your part to keep bees and other pollinators busy this summer. Bees, butterflies, and other insects play a crucial role in both nature and in agriculture through the process of pollination. They pollinate everything from the flowers outside our window to the food we put on the table. According to the USDA, one third of all agricultural output in...
Saturday Jul 20th, 9am - 12pm
Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons—they’re good for the environment and they’re good for us. Jeff Epping has been researching and implementing a number of new gardens at Olbrich that are more environmentally sound and can be easily incorporated into home landscapes. Epping will show you how they have replaced lawns...
Thursday Jul 18th, 1pm - 2:30pm
Come and join us and learn how to create you own Terrarium! You will learn how a terrarium works! How these self-contained ecosystems survive so well on their own and how to look after them. We will help you guys to get your hands in there and build your own! We will supply you with all the plants you need and an arrangement of pebbles and...
Saturday Jul 20th, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Observing the transformation of a tiny caterpillar into a beautiful adult butterfly is miraculous. Learn methods of sheltering larvae and pupae in a safe, protective environment to ensure they escape predation and disease, maturing into adulthood. You will build a pupae/larvae rearing box to raise butterflies at home.
Wednesday Jul 17th, 6pm - 9pm
Today’s pruning of your trees and shrubs will define how they grow for years to come. Learn which cuts to avoid, which cuts are essential, and which cuts area matter of your personal style. Class size is limited.
Saturday Jul 20th, 1pm - 3pm
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Capture the graceful curve of an unfolding bud, the surprise of new leaves, or the lightness of a cloud through Ikebana -- the art of Japanese flower arranging. The instructors will demonstrate several techniques and then help you create your favorite version. All plant materials will be collected fresh from the Arboretum grounds. Each student will...
Saturday Jul 20th, 1pm - 3:30pm
Do you admire those fabulous hanging baskets you see at the Chicago Botanic Garden? Learn some tricks of the trade during a discussion of different styles, materials, and plant ideas. Maintenance tips will also be discussed. Each student will plant their own wire and moss hanging basket to enjoy at home. Please bring gloves.
Thursday Jul 25th, 10am - 12pm
The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of home-grown vegetables. Discuss and practice how to get the most out of the growing season by adding cool season vegetables to your fall garden. Learn about variety selection, mulching, and extending the season.
Saturday Jul 20th, 9am - 11am
Grab a drink and get your hands dirty in this DIY houseplant workshop. Learn why houseplants are such great additions to your home. Find out which types of plant might be right for you and how to care for it so it keeps you company for years to come. Then assemble your own dish garden with a variety of small houseplants that you can take home. Decorate...
Thursday Aug 8th, 7pm - 9pm
Most of us notice how gorgeous gardens are when the sun is shining, but how often do we see what they look like at night? Take an evening Garden walk to view and discuss night blooming plants and how to add them in your own garden. You might even catch some night pollinators in action.
Friday Jul 26th, 9pm - 10:30pm
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Summer is the best time to work on your tropical bonsai trees. This comprehensive workshop will cover all aspects of tropical tree care, styles, grafting, air layering, and soil types. Bring your trees in for critique, styling, and repotting, and set a course for the future of your bonsai tree.
Wednesday Aug 21st, 6pm - 9pm
Exuberant gardens overflowing with old-fashioned flowers come to mind when we think of cottage gardens. Shrub roses, foxgloves, poppies, forget-me-nots, hollyhocks, vegetables, and herbs all have a place. Discover bed and border designs and plant combinations that can help you get the look of an English-style cottage garden.
Tuesday Jul 23rd, 10am - 12pm
Learn the how and why of saving seeds for thrifty gardening and farming, biodiversity preservation, and food sovereignty. In this course, you will receive open-pollinated seeds to take home with you as well as information to help you feel confident saving seeds for future farm and garden seasons.
Saturday Sep 7th, 10:30am - 4:30pm
The term “flower essence” is frequently interchanged for “flower remedy”: an unscented, herbal infusion made from the flowering part of a plant. See flowers (and archetypes) in a whole new way, exploring botanical family, form and gesture, color, geometry, fragrance, texture, taste, seasonal and daily cycles, relationship to the environment,...
Sunday Jul 28th, 11am - 4pm